A prized collection of over 300 golf books was donated to the Leighton Buzzard Golf Club by a widow whose late husband was a highly respected “perfectionist” in the sport.
Born in West Yorkshire, Mark Appleyard trained as a textile designer before joining the RAF in 1958.
Twenty-two years later, during which time he had numerous postings in the UK and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, his base became RAF Stanbridge, relocating to Leighton Buzzard at his retired in 1980.
Although a complete sports enthusiast and a staunch fan of Huddersfield Town football and Yorkshire cricket, Mark took his passion for golf so seriously that he accumulated a large number of books, including biographies on great sportsmen, technical and psychological works. challenges that must be met to be successful.
And Mark certainly enjoyed many years of success on Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road course, winning the club championship twice and a dozen other trophies.
Captain of the senior Bedfordshire team in 2004-2005, Mark was crowned the senior Bedfordshire champion in 2005.
Traveled extensively during his service with the RAF and subsequently in retirement, Mark was an authority on the sport, its rules, regulations, technique and etiquette, and believed that every clubhouse should have a good collection of books that members could read and learn.
Sadly, Mark passed away on the last day of 2017 after a long illness at the age of 78. Now his widow Barbara, whom he met on his return from a Singapore post and married in 1974, has donated his extensive collection of golf books to the 600-member Leighton Club where he spent so much time. happy years.
According to Barbara, a former library administrator who has an extensive collection of other books at her home in Linslade: “I am delighted that the Leighton club have kindly accepted Mark’s collection and that the books are made available to club members in ready. They contain a wealth of information that has helped Mark hone his golfing skills and become a very good golfer and a highly respected authority in the sport. I think they went to a really good house and I hope the club members enjoy the books as much as Mark did.
Leighton Club Captain Simon Rossiter said, “Mark’s golfing exploits are legendary at our club and we are very proud to have inherited his remarkable collection of works that will help golfers today become the Mark Appleyards of tomorrow.